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January 29, 2024

Cicada Madness, a new cicada-themed fly fishing book

Filed under: Books | Fly Fishing — Dan @ 9:50 pm

Cicadas are a favorite food of fish, so anglers use lures that emulate cicadas. When there is a large emergence aka “hatch” of cicadas, it can drive the fish into a feeding frenzy, which anglers take advantage of.

There’s a new book called Cicada Madness by author Dave Zielinski that focuses on “timing, fishing techniques, and patterns for cracking the code of epic emergences”. The book features images by myself, Roy Troutman, and others. The book is 164 pages long and features 39 pages of fly patterns.

cicada madness

January 25, 2024

Okanagana & Platypedia of Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Utah

CGWiber of the Dutch John Resort of Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Utah, sent us these cicada photos. CGWiber enjoys fly fishing and “matching the hatch”, which means using fly fishing lures that match the characteristics of cicadas. Cicadas are a favorite food of game fish like trout. They can have years of great abundance. You’ll find them near water because there is more vegetation near water, which is why fish get ahold of them.

Okanagana cicada. It looks like Okanagana magnifica, but I’m not sure.
Okanagana

Okanagana cicada. Looks like Okanagana magnifica. It is about the length of two human phalanges:
Okanagana

Platypedia cicada.
Platypedia

Platypedia cicada. See how tiny they can be? Smaller than one human phalanx.
Platypedia

Okanagana and Platypedia are visually similar.
With few exceptions, both cicadas are primarily black with orange or beige highlights, both can be “hairy”, and both are common west of the Mississippi.

Platypedia tend to be smaller than Okanagana, many have a line down their pronotum, and they make sound by clapping their wings against their bodies. Okanagana make sound by vibrating their tymbals.

Thanks to cicada researcher Jeff Cole, Ph.D., for this tip: “From the side with the wings folded Platypedia have the node on the forewing way out towards the apex, while Okanagana and Tibicinoides will have the node located more or less in the middle of the wing.”

September 8, 2023

SEMI RAIDA ROAD WARRIOR COLORWAY sofubi cicada man

Filed under: Cicada Arts | Toys and Amusements — Dan @ 9:23 pm

I collect anything related to cicadas. Over the past few years I came across two Instagram accounts dedicated to creating soft vinyl action figures called sofubi: jigokunoraida and Joe Serpico. One of the sofubi they specialize in is the SEMI RAIDA ROAD WARRIOR, which is a cicada-human biker hybrid. I was very lucky to obtain my own SEMI RAIDA ROAD WARRIOR during their latest lottery.

Here’s a photo of the ROAD WARRIOR holding one of his cicada minions (a Neotibicen tibicen tibicen). If you nice he has an iridescent appearance.

SEMI RAIDA ROAD WARRIOR

SEMI RAIDA ROAD WARRIOR

December 8, 2022

Unusual Cicada Merchandise, part 2

Filed under: Toys and Amusements — Dan @ 6:58 pm

This is part two of my search for unusual cicada merchandise. Here’s part 1.

These I found on eBay, so they might be gone by the time you read this. I might have bought them all.

Kaiyodo Kabaya Large brown cicada (Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata) Insect Figure

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Kaiyodo Kabaya Large brown cicada (Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata) Insect Figure

This is a model of a molting Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata aka aburazemi cicada. Very nice!

Cicada Man “Ultra Q” M-Ichigo 1991 Japan rare figure

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Cicada Man "Ultra Q" M-Ichigo 1991 Japan rare figure

This is an action figure of Cicada Man aka Semi-Ningen from the Japanese TV show Ultraman. I own a green, orange and brown version of this. The price of the current eBay auction is good! I’ve paid close to $100 for Cicada Man in the past.

Bandai 1:1 Japan Exclusive Cicada Molt Shell Beetle Insect Bug Prize E Figure

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Bandai 1:1 Japan Exclusive Cicada Molt Shell Beetle Insect Bug Prize E Figure

This is a model of a cicada nymph. Looks like it comes with the original box. Nice!

Cicada Man Cicadaman I’m Baaaaack Bobblehead 2004 RARE

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Cicada Man Cicadaman I’m Baaaaack Bobblehead 2004 RARE

I own one of these. It’s amazing! The bobblehead celebrates the 2004 emergence of Brood X, I believe in the Cincinnati area.

Weekly Japanese Natural Monument Mini Figure #41 Himeharu-Zemi Cicada Kaiyodo

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Weekly Japanese Natural Monument Mini Figure #41 Himeharu-Zemi Cicada Kaiyodo

This is another impressive model of an actual cicada: Himeharu-Zemi (aka Euterpnosia chibensis).

TOMY INSECT CAGE GALLERY CICADA PLASTIC TOY LIGHT & SOUND

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TOMY INSECT CAGE GALLERY CICADA PLASTIC TOY LIGHT & SOUND

This one is neato. It’s a model of a cicada with its own enclosure. It also lights up and makes a sound. I might have to buy it.

December 7, 2022

Unusual Cicada Merchandise, part 1

Filed under: Toys and Amusements — Dan @ 9:13 pm

Search online auctions and marketplaces like eBay or Aliexpress and you’ll find many cicada products, but mostly fishing lures, jade carvings, jewelry, and cicada specimens from Southeast Asia. That’s fine, but what if you want something different, rare, or unusual?

I’ve been looking for unusual cicada merch all week long. Here’s what I found:

A giant animatronic cicada

Wow! When I win the lottery, I’m getting this. A massive robotic cicada.

 Adventure Park Display Big Bugs Cicadidae Animatronic Insects Animal Insect Statue Customize

Visit the website where it is sold: Adventure Park Display Big Bugs Cicadidae Animatronic Insects Animal Insect Statue Customize.

Another giant animatronic cicada

Amazing! Another giant cicada for my robot cicada army.

Insect Museum Specimen Animal Model Simulation Cicada

Visit the website where it is sold: Insect Museum Specimen Animal Model Simulation Cicada.

And another giant animatronic cicada

Wonderful! More robotic cicadas for my… cicada air force.

Blue Lizard Amusement Park Decoration Artificial Animatronic Insects Cicada Model

Visit the website where it is sold: Blue Lizard Amusement Park Decoration Artificial Animatronic Insects Cicada Model.

An electronic cicada kit

You assemble the parts and you have something that looks like a cicada but is also a work of art and an electronic kit project.

 Wholesale Educational Toys For Kids Adults Handmade Chirping Insects Light Up Toys Handmade Diy Kit Electronic Cicada

Visit the website where it is sold: Wholesale Educational Toys For Kids Adults Handmade Chirping Insects Light Up Toys Handmade Diy Kit Electronic Cicada.

A golden cicada that replaces a key on your keyboard

This item might be the most unsual. I never imagined replacing a keyboard key with a custom key.

 ZOMO PLUS Fantastic Beasts Series - Golden Cicada Translucent Aluminum Artisan Keycap Mechanical Keyboard Keycap

Visit the website where it is sold: ZOMO PLUS Fantastic Beasts Series – Golden Cicada Translucent Aluminum Artisan Keycap Mechanical Keyboard Keycap.

November 5, 2022

Halloween decoration that uses cicada sounds

Filed under: Halloween — Dan @ 9:53 am

Back in the 2000’s I purchased this Halloween decoration that uses cicada sounds (Magicicada septendecim Court #2, I think) to create a spooky audio vibe. It’s a dark cloud with spiders hanging from it. Press a button and the whole thing shakes, green lights illuminate the spiders, and cicada sounds play. Gemmy.com made it, but I got it from Target.

October 29, 2022

Spirit Halloween Cicada Costume

Filed under: Halloween | Memes — Dan @ 12:05 pm

Who knew Spirit Halloween stores (yes, in America we have large stores dedicated to Halloween costumes and party supplies) had Cicada Costumes!?

Spirit Template

(yes, this is a meme, sorry to say)

October 16, 2022

Platypleura arabica stamp from the State of Qatar

Filed under: Platypleura | Platypleurini | Qatar | Stamps — Tags: — Dan @ 5:48 am

Platypleura arabica, the Arabian Cicada, stamp from the State of Qatar:

Platypleura arabica stamp from the State of Qatar

September 30, 2022

Halloween video 2022

Filed under: Halloween — Dan @ 7:55 pm

Here’s a short Halloween-themed (orange & black) cicada video for you. It’s just fun — nothing scientific. The video stars Neotibicen linnei, Magicicada septendecim, Neotibicen tibicen, and Neocicada hieroglyphica.

Screen Shot Halloween Video

September 27, 2022

Green Grocer Cicada Toy

Filed under: Australia | Cyclochila | Toys and Amusements — Tags: — Dan @ 6:17 pm

A Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae (Donovan, 1805)) cicada toy.

Green Grocer Toy

Green Grocer Toy

Green Grocers are found in eastern Australia.

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